30 000 peacekeepers - that should do it. We need to parachute soldiers into Sudan now to avert a crisis that, for some time now, has been far worse than what is happening in Iraq ( as bad as Iraq is). I have been hearing and reading snippets about what the UN is calling the worst humanitarian crisis in the world right now, a human catastrophe in the Sudanese region of Darfur. US Aid says the following:
The humanitarian emergency in Darfur is a direct result of violence and harassment directed toward the Fur, Zaghawa, and Masaalit civilian groups by Government of Sudan (GOS) forces and GOS-supported militia groups collectively known as Jingaweit..
According to Amnesty International, over "30,000 people killed, 1.2 million internally displaced and at least 130,000 living as refugees on the Chad border".
The Government of Sudan is now making noises about offering unfettered humanitarian assistance in, but according to the incredible "Passion of the Present" blog on the crisis,
Genocidal leaders know that once the conditions of mass mortality are set in train, there is little that can be done to stop the main thrust of the genocide.
Please read "Passion of the Present". I will link to them and to other stories about Darfur throughout the weeks and months ahead.
AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. As a Canadian, I am going to try and organize a lobby to get our government to send troops to the region immediately. Also, we need to support groups like Amnesty International, Doctors without Borders and Oxfam.